Birkat Ha-Gomel


Is there any preference for the baby to be present when saying hagomel? Is there a way for the husband to say hagomel on behalf of his wife since a minyan is required?

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Asked on October 26, 2020 5:10 am
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Questions along these lines are best addressed more personally, so that a response can take specifics of a situation and a community into account. Our response is meant as a general discussion of the relevant issues.

There is no preference for the baby to be present for birkat ha-gomel.
There is a strong preference for it to be recited before a minyan. Many communities have had the custom of having a husband recite ha-gomel on his wife’s behalf to make the minyan logistics easier, and this may still be relied in as necessary.
However, it is more customary today for a new mother to recite ha-gomel herself in the presence of a minyan (whether at synagogue or another occasion, such as a berit milah) within thirty days of chilbirth.
We plan to address birkat ha-gomel in greater depth in future pieces on Deracheha.

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Answered on October 26, 2020 5:15 am